Real estate hideaways for castaways

The island life: private paradise or pirate's plunder?

Want to get away — really, really away?

You could consider buying your own island, where privacy goes with the territory. There’s a surprisingly ample supply of privately owned islands, with prices that range from stratospheric to — well, we won’t use the word "affordable," but some are cheaper than you might think. And in this economy, you could get a real deal.

Five things to know about private islands:

1. They’re more or less on sale these days, said Chris Krolow, president of PrivateIslandsOnline.com, a marketing firm in Toronto that specializes in such properties.